Life hacking or hacking out life?

Last week’s copy of the Economist has a very interesting section entitled, “Reprogram Your Life”. The article talks about the issues raised by the increase of technology that is supposed to better our lives, but has in many cases, pejoratively effected the ways of our now wired lives. It deals with a notion called “life hacking” which refers to “applying a programmer’s mentality to streamlining daily routines and getting things done.”

The article states, “Life hacks aren’t tied to business ideas of efficiency. People spend all this time making themselves more efficient and they start to wonder what efficiency is for. They refill their lives with things that aren’t borning workaday activities-meditation,yoga,ways to calm down.” Interestingly, it goes on to read, “Mindfulness is another common aspiration of life hackers, whose hyperactivity is a double edged sword, providing a boon in a multi-tasking work-environment, but leaving its most skilled practitioners feeling empty and frayed, tugged in all directions at once.” Is it just me, or does this sound/feel vaguely familiar??? Thanks economist!

If one goes to the Life Hacker website, you see that it touts itself as the space that, “recommends the software downloads and web sites that actually save time. Don’t live to geek; geek to live.”

That’s right, “don’t live to geek; geek to live!” It also suggest the website 43folders. More to come on this I am sure!